Daily Bible Verses for 5/23/2017

Paul’s Doxology of Praise to God – (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Daily Verse(s)
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus unto all generations of the age of ages. Amen.

Reading Notes
These two passages make up a doxology. A doxology is a prayer of praise to God for the salvation which He has shown us through Jesus, by faith, because of God’s overwhelming mercy and grace toward us. And together these passages also bring to a close the first half of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. The Apostle Paul had written the letter to counteract false teaching that had crept into the church. As a matter of fact the false teaching had become so pronounced in the church, that Paul sent Timothy, his son in the faith, to pastor the church at Ephesus for almost two years. The second half of this letter speaks primarily of the unity of the church and the fellowship between all followers of Jesus. Paul focused on this, because all believers come together to form a unified whole under the lordship of Jesus. And it’s this unified whole, which is called the “body of Christ.” Moreover, it’s this “body of Christ,” which is referred to as the universal church and makes up the “bride of Christ.” We are all children of God through our faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. We have all been adopted into the family of God by faith. And through faith, we have become joint-heirs with Jesus in the kingdom of God.

Therefore, we are all one family called the “body of Christ.” In addition, Paul also touches on Christian living. As we read these passages we learn from Paul’s doxology that God can and does give us an exceedingly abundant life in Christ. Moreover, God will always do more than we can imagine and more often than not, when we look back on our lives in Christ, we will see more than we ever thought possible. Work that is done by God in such a way, that it was nothing like what we had planned for ourselves. And more than that, a life that was not as limiting as the world would have us to believe, all the while accomplishing more for the kingdom of God than we thought possible by our service. And more importantly, when we meet the conditions Paul had laid out in the previous verses of chapter three, we will see an abundance of spiritual victories stemming from our service in God’s kingdom. By turning our lives completely over to Jesus, we will find there is no limit to what God can do with us, and that’s when our lives truly bring glory to God the Father, through our faith in God the Son who is Jesus. All of which is done by the power of God the Spirit, who is the Holy Spirit. It’s the Holy Spirit who is working in the lives of all Christians as He carries out God’s process of sanctification in us.